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Well-written, twisted fairytale has mature themes.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypalmtreeluva November 24, 2010
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16
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HATEHATEHATEHATEHATE THIS BOOK!!! :( :(

HATE HATE HATED this book! It was way inappropriate. I am thirteen years old, and I got really uncomfortable while reading this book. Sexual themes are way too vulgar, violence and alcohol use are very harsh too. PIease, even if you are sixteen years old, don't read this. There are way better books out there. This book would've been stupid anyway, even without all the bad themes in it!
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bypizzavince May 29, 2010
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13
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Wonderful Book

This is honestly the best book I have ever read. I think that there is nothing in this book that a normal 13 year old wouldn't know about. The book covers the effects of teen pregnacy.
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Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old April 30, 2010
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12
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perfect 4 both

i loved it!!!!! i thought it was 2 good 2 miss. ok... there are a few sex parts. non graphic. 17 year old lucy is raped at her prom and after she is married she "makes love" with her husband.
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Too much sex
Parent of a 17 year old Written byinfinity2 September 28, 2009
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Adult Written bylizwinn March 9, 2015
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Inspired by the Medieval ballad, "Scarborough Fair," Impossible is a fantastical story about a rape, a family curse, a legacy of insanity, and a high school junior's pregnancy. The student in question is smart, spunky Lucy Scarborough who so far has led a charmed life. She does well in school, has plenty of friends, and two wonderful adoptive parents. Okay, so there is one problem: occasionally Lucy's crazy bag-lady birth mother, Miranda, will show up at her school or her adoptive family's house and start flinging trash, but aside from that, everything is perfect. Then Lucy goes to her junior prom with Gray Spencer, a sweet, nerdy band geek who passes the wary approval of her over-protective guardians. But after the dance, something strange happens. Something she can't quite explain. As Lucy and her date are leaving for the afterparty, Gray undergoes a sudden, violent personality change, and rapes her. Seeming to come to his senses, he then flees, and fatally crashes his car only a few miles from the scene of the crime. Weeks after these bizarre events, Lucy realizes she's pregnant, and decides to keep the baby in a tribute to her own birth mother's decision to keep her. A few months later, Lucy discovers her mother's old diary and learns a shocking truth: an ancient curse has affected the female members of her family for generations. Apparently her ancestress, Fenella, rejected the sexual advances of a supernatural being (the Elfin Knight) and caused him to curse her. Because of this, each woman of her line is doomed to fall pregnant by 17, and go mad shortly after giving birth to a daughter. The only way to avoid such a fate, Miranda writes, is to fulfill the Elfin Knight's three impossible demands: she must sew a shirt without any seam or needlework, find an acre of land between the ocean and the shoreline, and then sow the entire acre with a single kernal of corn, using a goat's horn as a plow. Together, with the support of her adoptive parents and her childhood best friend, Zach, Lucy sets off to solve the tasks before it's too late. Impossible is a novel with a unique premise and loads of potential, but it is not a very good story. Its key problem lies in its faulty execution, and the fact that Lucy Scarborough's real-world problems are resolved with relative fairy tale ease. Lucy loses her virginity through rape? Not to worry. Fortunately for her, she has mental powers of impermeability against the long-term trauma of sexual assault. What about the little matter of Lucy going nuts and leaving her newborn defenseless and alone? No problem. She and Zach fall in love and get married at age 18 and 20, so at least her child will have a father-figure. Oh, sure, Zach's parents are a little upset that their son dropped out of college to marry a girl having another man's rape-baby, but hey, everyone wants grandbabies, right? Oh, and the prom date-rapist, Gray? His character's function is to act solely as a sperm-donor, and is only mentioned once or twice afterwards. Not very tactful, in my view. The verdict: sophomoric, pedestrian, and not nearly as clever as it could have been. Reluctantly recommended for Ages 16-18.
Teen, 13 years old Written byI izz awsom February 12, 2011
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13
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not bad but not great

I liked it because it shows how strong lucy is inside and she can do anything with the will to do so. My only problem with it was that it was to sappy of a romance and needed a little more fantasy of adventure. PLUS i didn't like the whole thing that she was raped and pregnant at 17 it just made me feel bad for her
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Too much sex
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bybooklover1 March 23, 2010
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12
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so good
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models